170 People Are Sharing Their Work Brainfarts, And They’re Embarrassingly Hilarious
Brains are constantly processing insane amounts of data, so it's no wonder they sometimes get overwhelmed. Recently, tumblr user debrides shared one of their most embarrassing mind eclipses, and since most people own some brain, internet users started relating to it with equally crazy and hilarious stories of their own.
From wishing a fun funeral to calling employees "the inmates," these brainfarts were so smelly, they will make you feel like a rocket scientist. Scroll down to read what happens when someone 's body computer experiences a 404 error and feel free to share your own personal examples below!
I’m a nurse at a hospital, and it was ingrained in us to knock on the patient’s door before entering (plus it’s just polite, people are barging in and out of patient’s rooms all day). So after working three twelves, I went through the motions of unlocking my door to my house, running upstairs to strip off my scrubs, and my husband just looked at me with the biggest smile on his face after I got my pajamas on. Little did I know, I knocked on my own door before coming in, knocked on my bedroom door, knocked on my bathroom door, and my closet door all without realizing what the hell I was doing.
Talk about being automatic!
I work retail full time and my script gets frequently messy - I'll ask the same question twice, or say “$2.60 is your total” while handing back their change, or say “how are you doing today?” instead of “have a good day!” like name it I've bungled it
But anyway, this lady came thru my line buying a book and the review on the front said: “few books are well written, fewer still are important, and this book manages to be both”
As I handed her the bag I was trying to say “thanks, you're all set” and instead my brain mashed up the review and I said “thanks, you're important”
There was this short pause in which i tried to figure out what the f*ck Id just said. She blinked and then said “oh thank you! you're important too!”
The real kicker was one of my coworkers. When I was relating this story later his response was “at least you said something NICE. Last week I accidentally combined ‘you're welcome’ and ‘no problem’ into ‘you're a problem’”
I have two jobs: one at a coffee shop, and one at a sex shop. Once while ringing our a someone at the sex shop i accidentally asked "for here or to go". The look on their face was priceless. Thank god they didn't choose "for here"!!
Yesterday I went to Wendy’s and the girl said “Welcome to McDonalds” and then just sighed
One time, since I used to work as a daycare teacher with preschoolers, I was on my college campus in my gym, and someone was running in the weight room and tripped over a machine and fell, and instead of offering to help, I just stared and said, “This is why we use our walking feet.”
We both sat there for a while until the guy nodded and said, “yeah, okay, I should’ve done that.”
When I worked at Medieval Times occasionally I would slip in real life and call people “my lord”
One time my dad went to the White Castle drive-thru and the lady (who was supposed to say ‘Welcome to White Castle, what’s your crave?’) asked, “Welcome to White Castle, what’s your problem?”
She apologized profusely while my dad proceeded to lose his shit laughing.
A friend of mine was stay-at-home mom with toddlers. At a dinnerparty one night, while talking to the stranger next to her, she found herself cutting the meat on his plate. He looked rather surprised, but ate it...
I have a great conversation with a new client and at the end of the conversation realizing I hadn’t even said my name, meant to say “I’m Amber, thanks for the awesome conversation” but it just came out as “I’m awesome” as I’m shaking his hand.Coworkers started introducing me as that to new and old clients.
Somebody in the elevator asked me what floor I lived on, and I answered “please open your books to page eight”, and we just kind of stared at each other, blinking.
I worked in retail for a long time, and one day we were super busy and I was a little frazzled. The phone rang and I was half way between saying, “can you hold” and “can I place you on hold,” and instead just said “can I hold you?”
I work for a company that’s basically like amazon for prisoners. I’m so used to speaking to jails, that I was talking to corporate yesterday and when referring to my employees, referred to them as “the inmates”
I used to work at a place where you had to greet people when the door chimed and YEARS after quitting i was in a gas station that had the same chime and as I was in line to buy my road trip snacks I found myself greeting random other customer. Pavlov wasn't kidding.
I'm a supervisor and one day an agent needed help. He came to my office and said "Hey do you have a Sec?" Without even thinking I reply back with "I have all the Sec's for you". I turned bright red and tried to pull it back and say Time! I have all the Time for you!!
One time during family prayer, dad began: “our father who art in heaven, American Airlines, how can I help you?”
One time I was out walking and saw the sweetest little golden retriever puppy. I asked the owner if I could pet her and she obliged. I was so overwhelmed by the cuteness that my brain got all jumbled. I put my hands on the puppy's face and said to her in baby-talk, "Oh my gosh you are just so cute I cannot handle it! I just want to KILL you!"
My brain simultaneously said the word "kiss" and "steal". I took a beat and the immediate horror set in of what I had actually uttered. I stammered and wanted to apologize, but the woman picked her dog up and RAN away before I could explain.
I used to babysit a lot, usually the parents were going out, doing something fun. One time i was sitting so the parents could go ta a funeral. As they were leaving, I said what I usually say, "Have fun!"
At work about a month ago, I was helping a customer, and when they thanked me, I combined 'No problem!' and 'My pleasure!'
'NO PLEASURE!' I said, and then because my brain was broken, I just walked away.
As a nanny I teach babies sign language. At home I will wave the pee sign to let others know I have to pee!
Just last week a customer asked me if I was Rachel and I responded with “yes, this is Rachel.” It was not a phone call. He was right in front of me.
I was at work and had to make a super important phone call but kept getting interrupted and I was afraid I was going to forget to do it so in my head I kept repeating “Gotta make the call, gotta make the call.” Well then then this really hot guy walked up to the counter so I went up to him to say “Hi can I help you?” But what came out was “Hi can I call you?” He froze, I froze, we both wordlessly agreed that it never happened and went about with our interaction.
And then I forgot to make the call.
Hmm…I have to carry a gun for work. When I get into my car on my days off I frantically shift and grope at my waist because I didn’t feel it dig uncomfortably into my side.
During work hours I will slow my pace so that no one is walking behind me. I hold doors open for people, not to be nice really, but so someone can’t charge up behind me in a doorway. I went to a friend’s parents apartment for thanksgiving, they have a door man. He opened the door for me, without thinking I grabbed it, making hard eye contact gesturing for him to enter first. He kinda shuffled in nervously. I took two steps once inside, before realizing what I’d done.
I think that’s all I got.
I work in IT. One time, my wife complained that our toaster oven wasn't getting hot and I instinctively asked her if she tried rebooting it.
I'm a cook, and in professional kitchens, you say, "Corner!" to keep someone from running into you with a full plate or tray, "Behind you!", "Behind with a knife!" or "Hot Behind!" to make sure the person with their back to you doesn't suddenly turn around and get injured, and "Heard!" to confirm you received an instruction. I cannot tell you how many times I've been in a grocery story and called, "Corner!" as I come out of an aisle, "Behind you!" walking through crowded places, and "Heard!" to friends who were just telling me about their day or pretty much anyone asking me to do anything. I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing, but it's definitely changed how I move about in the world.
Working in a grocery store and having customers complain about the price of organic fruit and telling them “it’s more because it’s orgasmic”
A lady at McDonald’s said “Here’s your receipt” and I said “Thanks, you too!”
After spending the day teaching kids yoga, I was teaching an adult class and we moved into cat/cow. I proceeded to tell them to "MOOOOOOO" on the inhale and "MEOOOOOOWWWW" like a scaredy cat on the exhale. No one but me did it.
I worked for a company where my phone intro was,
“Thank you for calling Healthy Start Heathy Families how can I help you?” One day I answered, “thank you for calling healthy Fart how can I help you?” I almost died on the phone! Luckily it was my supervisor checking in and she was like, “well farts are heathy.”
I used to work in the jewelry department of a big department store. I had been hearing the manager answer the phone all day "Fine Jewelry, this is Cindy." So later in the day the phone rings and I answer "Fine Jewelry, this is Cindy," and it was Cindy calling to check on things. We had a good laugh over that one.
One time I had two jobs that required me answering the phone. One day I picked up the phone and said "Good Morning, thank you for calling....where am i?" (Lucky for me customer started to laugh and thanked me saying he needed a good laugh)
I was training a girl, who also worked at a taco bell, in a toll booth and she printed out a receipt and proceeded to tell the person who just paid their toll that if they fill out the (nonexistent) survey they could get a free taco. I was CRYING!
Me: Hi how are you today?
Customer: Not bad, you?
Me: Pretty good, yourself?
I used to work for a healthcare company that is frequently located in strip malls. Will never forget the time that I told a prospective employee that our offices are usually located in strip clubs.
I once answered my cellphone “subway in [city name], this is Amanda” and my mom lost her shit.
As a former Disney Cast Member any time I see a small child I feel compelled to get down on their level and ask about their day. "How are you today, Princess?"
Not work related but... My husband and I were walking around in our yard looking at the various plants. He noticed one that he didn't remember planting and ask what that was. My reply - "I don't know. Maybe some nut buried a squirrel there."
One time I was in a really intense argument with my boyfriend and my phone rang and I was so upset that I answered it and said, "thank you for calling [place where I work], this is Anna speaking, how may I help you today?" and it was my bfs mom and she just paused for a minute and said, "do you know where you are, Anna?"
27 years ago, I worked in a tiny telemarketing firm. We were calling central Oregon, looking for people who would do a survey over the phone. I also worked at Toys R Us, in Bellevue, WA. So, I call this number in Oregon, the phone just rings as I chit chat with my roommate. Suddenly, a woman answers. My mind blanks and after a couple seconds I blurt out “Thank you for calling Bellevue Toys R Us, we are open from 9:30 to” and then I just hung up. I imagine some woman staring at her phone, wondering what the heck that was all about.
I worked an answering service for 10 years. One time I told a woman I'd page the vet on call for her sick child. She said, "you mean pediatrician? My dog is just fine." And once my husband woke me to roll over because I was snoring. I asked him if he wanted me to page the on-call doctor. He said, "No, you're at home. Go back to sleep."
After 5 years of studying computer science to get my Masters, I was quite used to hitting a button to the right of doors in order to enter or exit secure rooms. Then when I started working every time I walked into a room or left, I would hit the spot next to the door automatically....which is usually where the light switch sits. So basically, I would announce that I was entering the room by turning of the lights or leave the room and turn off the lights leaving my co-workers sitting in the dark.
I was really sleepy one morning and went to the little corner market for coffee. I was in there pretty frequently but this time when I was saying bye to the older gentleman who owned it I said "Love You, Bye". I didnt go in for two months from embarassment but once I did he gave me free coffee.
Didn’t happen to me, but to my boss. He was going on a local morning news show to talk about an upcoming event. He got nervous about responding either “thanks for having me” or “great to be here.” He ended up saying “great to have me.” That story cracks me up every time!
As a psychiatry resident we'd work nights doing emergency evals, and on a busy night would have a bunch of reports to dictate before we could go home and sleep. After droning through one, half asleep, I signed off with "In Jesus' Name, Amen."
I use to work with in memory care at a nursing home so it was working with a lot of Alzheimer and demintia patients. Well some of them would need help with eating and drinking. Like putting the fork/straw to their lips. Well my mom asked for a glass of milk. I return with the milk and tried to put the straw to her lips, she just stared at me. We still laugh about it!
When I offered to help my supervisor with removing a mop head,several years back. It was stuck and she was making some weird movements when trying to remove it.
"Can I fist you?" I said.
What I MEANT was "Can I help? It's really bad but you look like you're fisting someone."
Possibly the worst thing that's popped out of my mouth...
I waited tables in college and one night I left work and wasn’t feeling well, so I went home, took some NyQuil, and went to sleep. One of my friends called me at midnight to invite me out for drinks, but apparently in my medicine haze I’d answered “Thank you for calling Tejas Cafe” and tried to take her salad order.
I used to answer the phone at work by saying "Good morning (or afternoon) (then name of the business) this is Ellen, may I help you?" One day I answered it and did fine until I got to the last phrase and instead said "may I hold you?" I lost it laughing but the guy on the phone was quick. He calmly replied, "Ok, but I barely know you."
In my old job, I was trying to package something for a customer. But it wouldn't fit.
"It's too big, it won't go in..."
Swiftly followed by "that's what she said!“
And then I remembered I was serving a customer and proceeded to accidentally put about 3 further innuendos in my apology. Luckily, he found it amusing and countered with some" that's what s/he" saids of his own.
I worked in a fancy restaurant for years. We always set up salad bar for dinner. Well one night I was a little behind.Everything was all set except nothing had tongs in it. So essentially it wasn't ready for customers. Well the hostess was unaware of this and from what she saw it looked ready so she let this group of ppl through to start their salads. I came running through the line with tongs and had forgotten what they were called. Tongs or utensils...neither sounded right at the time. Anyway so I was hurridly placing them around the salad bar exclaiming " Wait, they need thier tonsils! Tonsils!"
I work at a horse barn full time.
I make clicking or kissing noises to try to get people to move and kind of herd them around.
I tell them “quit” in a stern, harsh voice when they are doing something slightly annoying.
I used to work with little kids with disabilities, and one of my kids with down’s (non-verbal) calls ketchup “kehkeh.” And I just mindlessly told the dude at the McDonald’s drive thru i needed extra kehkeh packets and I want to Die
My mother and my grandmother pulled up to a McDonalds to get something to drink. They were lost in conversation when the voice over the speaker asked what they wanted. They were going to order a large coffee and a Coke. Instead, they asked for "one large cock" much to the amusement of drive through worker and the rest of the passengers in the car.
I'm a dog groomer, and I used to have a client named Penny who owned a dog named Noelle. One day, when they arrived for their appointment, I used my squeaky-happy-dog-greeting-voice, and called out, "HI, PENNY!" They both stared at me, and the lady said, "Uh...hi?"
I used to work with small children in before and after school care who needed supervision to go anywhere. I’m now working as a teacher in a high school setting. Occasionally, when a student asks to go to the washroom, I slip up and say “Ok, don’t forget to take a buddy” to a 17 year old who just looks confused.
So I work as a technical trainer for a large software company. We often teach classes online. At this time in my company's existence, we used to pair students up to work on labs.
Now I also try to make it fun where possible. However, this time I had an odd number of students. So as i was going through who was assigned what lab, I did the following:
"John and Jake will work together"
"Sue and David will work together"
"Bill and Bobby will work together"
"And poor Peter has to play with himself".
It took a few minutes before the laughter died down for me to realize what i had said.... Thankfully they were a good group of students.
My facial recognition skills are horrible when I'm at work! I'll either say hello to the same customer 5 times or greet my coworkers thinking they're customers. What's worse is when my boyfriend comes to visit it takes me 5 seconds too long to realize it's him
I work at a newspaper and take classified ads over the phone. Unfortunately on more than one occasion, while reading the text of the ad back to the customer, and coming upon the phrase part-time/full-time I read it back as fart-time/pull-time...
At my wedding, my father need to answer the traditional question, “who gives this woman to marry this man?” with the phrase, my wife and I. Instead, he was so nervous he answered “my mother and I”. So basically my father and grandma gave me away.
I have 2 kids and I work in doctors offices. One time, I walked past a doctor and said "momma's very tired". He just looked at me, very confused.
I once walked up to the register at Panera’s to order and said “welcome to Rita’s (Italian ice), how can I help you?” instead of ordering a meal... The manager was standing there and wouldn’t stop making fun of me.
I work at a hospital in a diet office. Our job is to take patient orders over the phone, and also log in menu's that patient's fill out. One day I was working with my co-worker who had just finished logging in a menu for a patient. The phone rang, and instead of saying "Room service, this is (Insert name here)" she shouted "Meatloaf!" Apparently that was the last thing she logged from a previous order, before taking that call. She was so embarrassed. It didn't help that I was laughing so hard I was crying. She had to put the patient on hold so she could collect herself.
One time I was trying to say “I got ya” and “I’m on it” but instead told my boss “I’m on you”. I was so mortified!
My classmates and I are bored to death, having a class. Suddenly someone knocks on the door. My classmate, bearing her most serious expression: "Occupied!" The silence was broken...
Back when I used to work in a call centre, I was spelling out an address and I forgot the phonetic for 'W'. All I could think of was 'Yankee' so I ended up blurting out 'Wankee'.
Miraculously, the customer didn't even realise, so I didn't get in trouble.
My colleagues in earshot all thought it was hilarious though.
I told the girls at the nail salon I go to "nigh night" as I left. I've worked in a day care for the last 5 years and say that to the babies every night as I leave. Couldn't even look back I had to keep walking lol.
I work at CVS and we are supposed to greet customers who come in. More than once I've said "Hello!" to a customer leaving the store lol.
In college, I worked at AAA (Emergency Road Service) & Victoria's Secret. I once answered the phone at Vicky's asking if the caller was in a safe location. It took about 3.7 seconds to realize what I'd said so I just hung up & didn't answer when they called back.
Today, in College, my friend was telling me something exciting about her trip to Sri Lanka. I wanted to say "That's Great!" but in my head i was going to say "Wow!".
I ended up saying - "Chiwao!"
My typical response to people selling things/collecting signatures, etc. outside of stores is, "Not today, thank you." One day, a store employee was gathering carts and told me to, "Have a nice day!", as I left. He was very confused when I replied, "Not today, thank you.", as I smiled firmly and shook my head no!
I did something similar to the person who read the book review. My old waitressing job I had to greet every table and offer a cherry coke or a chocolate shake and a little boy had a book about squirrels on their table so instead I said "can I get you started with a cherry coke or a chocolate squirrel?"
As a teller I was unable to cash a check for someone due to them not having the funds to cover the balance if the check were to bounce (federal policy). They were polite and took the check back with a "thank you". I started to say "You're Welcome" but my brain switched to "No Problem". I said "Your Problem". I felt so bad, but the customer and my boss both laughed their asses off.
I work at a steakhouse, was at the host stand talking to a coworker about how we both used to work at MOE's Southwest Grill when a guest walked in, we both simultaneously shouted 'welcome to MOE's!' at the guest as he walked in and proceeded to the bar, he didn't even realize what had happened but my coworker and I died laughing
I work with professors in university and they sometimes act like children. Most of the times I don't get annoyed, but this one time one lady was unbelievably dumb and information that i gave her would come in one ear and then just wiggle out through the empty head of hers straight out the other ear.... Trough the entire conversation I was just smiling and nodding, but swearing on the inside. And then when it was the time to say goodbye my brain told my tongue to just go with "GO F*CK YOURSELF" instead of "GOODBYE". Honestly tho, I hope she went and did exactly what I said... Still have to see her at least one a week.
One time I was saying goodbye to someone and I was caught between saying "see you" and "keep well". I ended up saying "seek well".
I once worked at a construction company, but also worked at an auto repair shop (where the tow trucks bring us crashed cars and we try to fix it, or if the owner wants, do repairs on any salvageable part and sell it to help pay for a new car. Anyway, one day after no sleep, I got my current construction project, repairing a canal, and a car drop-off, where I would call, tell them where to get it, and wait until they got there. So I said I can give you anal, come out when possible. And my brain was confused more by them asking if I was ok, and I said wear a hard head (Ouch, I died at that moment since that is what I call hard hats) and told them to meet me there tonight. I then tried to apologise, they were ok with it. My manager asked later why I gave a different coworker the drop, and said the customer asked for the "Gay anal dude's phone number". I quit that day
I work at a zoo.
When friends tell me they're pregnant I usually ask if they are having a "male or a female?".
I used to work as a customer service person answering the phone and I would answer the phone the same way every time—“*business name*, Brittany speaking!” I also took notes on who called when and what they called about. At least twice, I answered by saying what time it was, but in the tone of what I normally said. Like, no hello, no greeting, just picked up and said “2:46!”
I also almost answered my personal phone this way on multiple occasions but thankfully never did. Haha
I was working retail and I had just got off my shift and went across the street to a gas station . It’s almost midnight and I buy a drink hand the attendant my money, and out of sheer habit proceed to ask the cashier “Did you find everything you were looking for today. Do you have a rewards-?” He gave me the strangest look. I ran out of there as soon as I got my change.
I'm British but I live in China and speak Chinese. One day a woman stopped and said hello to my dogs when I was out on a walk. Its -30 here in the north in winter and I didnt wanna stay out long so I said in Chinese "sorry, but Ive got to go move house" (ban jia) instead of saying "go to work"(shang ban)... which launched into a very long conversation about me and where I live and my Chinese husband and how do I like China and what do I do and why am I moving house... and I was so embarrassed I had said it wrong I ended up staying outside talking for 30 minutes... until I really did have to go to work and then I said the originally intended Chinese correctly. Sigh.
I worked customer-facing retail jobs for years, and once, in a job selling Apple product (i.e. high levels of professionalism required, customers spending a lot of money etc), I must have had my boyfriend on my mind, as I called a customer "babe" while handing him his change! I told myself at the time that he didn't clock it, but it's probable that he did.
Was working in a petrol station (uniform, nametag) and was addressed by my first name by a customer. I was genuinely confused, and demanded to know how he knew my name.
He replied that he was "physic" - I think he meant psychic 😂
When returning to the guy on hold on the phone at work I said, "Thank you for helping, may I hold you".
I used to drive a forklift at a factory. On a forklift the gearshift is on the left side of steering wheel. After work, I would get in my car turn on the ignition and turn the blinker on (left on steering wheel), then rev motor up, expecting to move. At work the next day, a coworker said she parked next to me and laughed. (Another forklift driver). And said "I though I was the only one" I wasn't embarrassed any more.
I used to work at a casino where part of the service culture was to tell guests "Good luck" after interactions. It was so deeply ingrained in my brain that I once said it to a man after I directed him to the restrooms. He just gave me an odd look and responded, "Umm, thanks?"
I went to togo's (sandwich place) with my dad for lunch and i don't normally get a drink or anything because its just a waste of cups and i dont normally need a drink for the kind of sandwich i get. so i order my sandwich and the guy (worker) asks if i want a drink. i say no politely. but he pushes and says "are you sure? just a cup for water?" and i say "no i am good thank you" but he keeps going "oh come on i can't imagine eating without something to drink" at this point my brain was just completely out of polite ways to decline an over insistent person so this is what came out of my brain "no really im good i have a lot of spit" well that stopped him, i got my sandwich and sat down with my dad and he is just looking at me and shaking his head like (what in the world have i raised)
i didn't want a drink, worker insisted, i told him i had a lot of spit...
My brain farts are much simpler. Like completely forgetting how to spell 'the' and 'and'...... and then having to ask someone.
I spelled my name wrong when I signed my driver's permit
So glad to have a place to tell this story! Uears ago in Harvard square there was a dog tied up outside a bookstore in the snow. I was intending to say "They could at least have given him a newspaper to sit on" when I happened to glance up at the ads in the window of the grocery store across the street. I said, very indignantly, 'They could at least have given him a banana!
I'm the receptionist in my office. we have a clipboard with a sign-in sheet and just about anyone who walks through the front door has to sign in before I buzz them in the office.
one day another department was having a meeting in our conference room. I'm familiar with the majority of the attendees, so I would say, "hi, please sign in." then I buzz them in. after awhile it got to where I could see them in my peripheral vision and just say the line.
I was answering the phone at the same time when someone came in and stood there. without looking up I said, "hi, please sign in, and the conference room is behind me." the person was still standing there when I got off the phone, and before looking at them while hanging up the phone I said, "please sign in. everyone in the meeting has to sign in." I looked up to see the director of my entire department. he smiled, "do I really have to sign in?"
I wanted to crawl under my desk.
I had been working as a florist for several years and needed a second job. There was a job packing fruit and veg for five star restaurants going so I rang up. Turned up to the informal interview, three elderly men behind the counter. I was asked if I could work quickly. I realised that I had said something wrong after their faces were shocked. I proudly had to them that I had been the fastest stripper in the florist shop over Valentine's Day..... but forgot to mention that I stripped the leaves off flowers and roses, not myself. Sigh..... got the job, then got teased for months after being the new stripper at work 😐🤐😧😩
Once I was alone on an elevator when an attractive woman stepped on and began to push the “door close” button.
Now before we go any further, it is important for you to understand how my mind works.
I have a friend who is an elevator technician and he once told me that the door close button usually isn’t hooked up to anything and simply serves to distract you until the door closes on its own. Essentially, it is a placebo. I thought this was a great piece of trivia and wanted to share it with her.
Well, as I attempted to share my little wisdom, I was surprised to see her face sour from a pleasant smile to thinly veiled terror. Her unexpected response made me realize what I said wrong, but there was no way I could possibly explain to her the whole thought process as I am doing here. Let’s just say the rest of the elevator ride was a very tense few minutes of us staring straight ahead and not moving.
You have to understand that while I was trying to think of the word “placebo”, my brain conflated it with something else that doesn’t really do anything, but we convince ourselves that it does.
So as this lovely woman stepped alone onto the elevator with me, a 6'4" stranger, and pushed the button, I turned to her and cheerfully said, “Did you know that pressing that is an aphrodisiac?”
I’m glad there’s a teacher version of “accidentally called teacher ‘mom’”
I work for red robin and when a guest orders chicken sometimes I ask "some pink, or no pink?". They always look at me weird like, obviously I don't want pink in my chicken
I still cringe over shouting "next please" in someone's face instead of saying goodbye when I handed them their bag.
I used to work as an EMT in a very rural area. Any time we needed to talk to the 911 center over the phone we were supposed to dial an actual phone number and not 9-1-1. I ended up on a call in a county I had never worked in before and needed to call them (radios at the time were really terrible in certain areas) and I asked my partner in front of the patient's family "What's the number to 911?"
I was a consultant leading a big community meeting for a small town. I was greeting everyone when they walked in to the auditorium and the mayor and her grand-daughter walked in. The mayor was a white woman who happened to be wearing a bright red blouse. She introduced me to her young grand-daughter who was African American and we all started talking and making little jokes and I commented on how radiant the mayor's outfit was. When she commented that we had such a big turnout and asked how I was going to organize the workshop part of the meeting, I smiled and, thinking about her vibrant blouse, said "how about we separate people by color?" Her: "Excuse me?" It finally dawned on me and all I could blurt out was: SHIRTS! CLOTHES! She looked confused and then I had to go talk in front of 150 people for an hour, blushing.
I had finally got out of work after a 10 hour or so shift so I was honestly drained. All day I was a cashier and that day I had customers pay with their cards. I finally get out and head to my car. In doing so I also take our my debit card from my wallet. I sit in my car and swipe the ignition with my card. I sat there dumbfounded wondering why in the world my car wasn't turning on. Not my best moment.
When my sister worked at Taco Bell a customer came through drive thru and ordered a Mexican pizza. When she repeated the order back it came out Mexican penis.
I work front desk at a salon and I repeat myself about 100x a day. Usually with "how was everything?" or "would you like your receipt" you know, the normal stuff. So anyways, I was at my local grocery store and when the clerk was about to give me my change I said "thanks, would you like your receipt?" She gave me a weird look and I just tried to laugh it off and say "It's been a long day at work..." and then ran off so embarrassed.
I was working in the X-Ray departments one Halloween and answered the phone “Good afternoon, Melody spooking, how may I help you”. We both had a good laugh at that one.
Not really a work fail, but I walked into my 5th period class and sat down. Someone asked me how I was doing and I replied, "drowning in sunshine." (My gym class before that had played walking on sunshine (the song) and since I'm a bit of a pessimist I rebranded it.)
I am a student, working during the weekends & holidays at a gastronomic hotel restaurant. I was serving the last dishes at the end of a heavy lunch service. I was carrying 2 desserts and must've read the table number wrong, so I put down the 2 desserts in front of 2 business men that were there just for some drinks. They looked at me and said: "Those are our desserts". And I am not sure why, but I instinctively repeated them and literally said "Those are not our desserts". After the awkward silence I just picked up the plates like nothing happened and walked away.
I was working at farm fresh in the bakery and often had to do announcements over the intercom. Well I had just gotten off the phone with my mom and had to do an announcement shortly after and instead of ending it with "and thank you for shopping at your neighborhood farm fresh" I ended it with "Kay thanks bye!". I crawled behind the counter and sat there for a bit while everyone in bakery and deli continued to laugh, as well as my managers.
Once I reading numbers to this guy over a radio and I said sex instead of six and I just shut my radio off.
I went for a job interview at a glasses shop. When asked if I wear glasses I said “no way, I dont do glasses!” Didn’t get the job surprisingly
For several years, I worked full time for Radio Shack, and part time (evenings) at my church (doing data entry). Eventually, as was bound to happen, I answered the store phone by saying "St. John the Apostle, how.. no... wait.. shit"
I never did get reprimanded for the "shit" because my manager was busy sitting on the floor crying with laughter. Along with a co-worker. And several customers.
I worked for a tourist office and we made hotel reservations for travellers. One day I dialled a wrong number and started to make a reservation before I realized it was a funeral home.
I'd been at an office job for a year and answered the phone one day with my previous job's greeting, "Thanks for calling ______ Records; how can I help you?" The guy calling (for an insurance exam) thought it was great and after I'd helped him asked me, "now I'm kind of hungry, if I call you right back, can you be Domino's Pizza?"
I used to be a nurse and wore a fob watch daily.
Whenever I had to run, it would bounce up and down so I would hold it steady with my left hand.
Still, many years later, if I have to run or jog for a few seconds I will do so with my hand clasping my left boob.
I phoned my manager and said "Hi Richard, it's Stephen here."
My name isn't Stephen.
Not only is my name not Stephen, I am a 25 year old female and Stephen is my 50+ boss....
I am a radiographer (I take x-rays) and I was talking a student through elbow imaging. What I meant to say was "bring the elbow up to shoulder height". What actually came out was "bring the elbow up to holder shite...." It took a second to sink in but I foolishly made eye contact with a colleague who was next to me and we spent the next 5 minutes on the floor in tears while the nonplussed student went and x-rayed the patient.
I still can't say "shoulder height" without over pronouncing every syllable...
I was our shopping with a friend and started to get hungry. I was about to suggest going for lunch but instead I yelled "HEY YOU WANNA GO BRUSH THE DOGS GUMS?!" across the store to her, because as I was talking I read an ad for a dog treat that would also brush the dogs gums.
One time I made my sister a sub par sandwich, she didn't care for it and when she said "I'm gonna hit you this is so nasty" I tried saying "Make do with it" and "Love not war" and I ended up saying "Make love to it"
I used to work in retail and the amount of times I would butcher the lines I was supposed to say along with greetings/goodbyes was UNREAL. Most of the time the customers ignored it, some laughed and said they understood.
But my best one wasn't even at work. I was at home and had let the dog outside, and she was taking a while to come back in. I had also been talking to my dad previously, so when I went to open the door and called the dog's name, I loudly called out "DAD!" Both of my parents were crying with laughter.
Working desktop support on the phone, client calls saying their computer is frozen. After trying a few things like Ctrl-Alt-Delete to see if we can get anything to come up I say "well it sounds like you're well hung". Luckily I was able to hit the mute button on my headset before cracking up laughing.
I had a job that involved a lot of phone calls to a large client list. On Valentines day, I had just gotten off the phone with my boyfriend, and ended the next message I left for a client with, "Love you. Bye." I guess I was just feelin' the love that day...
At work in a card store people normally say excuse me to ask a question, well I was in the supermarket with my mum when a lady said excuse me and I instinctively said yes my lovely how can I help? She just stared at me and was like uh.. I just need to get past please.
My mum found it hilarious I was so embarrassed
Or we have the time I went into autopilot and asked a postman in uniform if he needed any stamps at all today -_-
When I was a teenage, I worked at the Gap. These were the old days where the fitting room doors were solid and went all the way down so we had sensors on the floor and lights above the doors to show if the rooms were occupied. One particularly busy Saturday, I was working the fitting rooms, which meant letting people into the rooms with a key, putting a little colored hanger on the handle to show how many items they took in, and removing the clothes that people left behind.
On this particularly busy day around the holidays, I let a deaf man into one of the dressing rooms. Time passed. People came and went. We were so busy that I lost track of who was in which room. I noticed the light was off over one of the doors that had a hanger on it. I knocked on the door. There was no response. Apparently I forgot that a couple of the doors had wonky sensors because I opened the door to let a person in and there was the deaf man standing in his underwear...and all 10 people in line could see him.
But that's not the end of the story. I was mortified. So I told my co-worker that I HAD to get out of fitting room duty, right now! She reluctantly took my place and I went up to work at the registers. 10 minutes later, I saw out of the corner of my eye that the deaf man wanted to check out in my lane. I stretched out the transaction with my current customer so that he would have to go to another register. After he was done, he lingered by my station, but I kept busily helping other people. I could tell out of the corner of my eye that he wanted to get my attention, but I kept my head down and appeared to only focus on my other customers.
Finally he wrote something down on a piece of paper and handed it to me. I took it, didn't open it, knowing it was going to be something like "I can't believe you embarrassed me like that!". So I put the paper down unopened and continued helping other customers. He finally gave up waiting for me to read it and he walked out.
As soon as he was gone, I opened the note. It said "Thank you for your help today. I really appreciated it." UGH! I felt horrible! This has haunted me for more than 30 years.
When my sister was 17, we were chatting at home and the phone rang and it was my mom's husband's coworker so after she told them he wasn't home, they asked who had they spoken with and my sister wanted to say "his wife's daughter" but instead said "his mother's wife" and when she realized what she had said, she just hung up.
My parents have two friends called Heather and Fay. Once I muddled it up and called them Feather and Hay. It has been a long standing joke since then!